About the Group
All meetings commence at 2-00pm except where otherwise stated
|January 14th, 2017
'The Gardens of the Oxford Colleges'
Tim, the founder of the Chelsea Fringe and writer for many publications, including The Daily Telegraph, will talk about his latest book, Oxford College Gardens. A trustee of the Garden History Society and a member of the National Trust’s gardens advisory panel, one of the areas he considers is the 18th-century landscape school, which is represented in the magnificent acreage of, appropriately enough, Worcester College. Andrew Lawson’s elegant photography is another hallmark of the new book.
|Saturday February 11th, 2017
'The Gardens of New Zealand'
A look around a few of New Zealand’s best gardens, from Ayrlies at the top of the North Island - often described at the quintessential New Zealand garden - to Larnach Castle, at the bottom of the South Island, New Zealand’s only castle dating back to 1874.
|Saturday March 11th
'The Life and Legacy of H. Avray Tipping'
Helena lives in High Glanau House, at Cwmcarvan, Monmouthshire, where the arts and crafts garden is the last of 20 designed by Tipping (1855 - 1933), who was the architectural editor of Country Life magazine. She has restored the garden to his original 1923 design.
|April 8th, 2017
Kim is from the Cottage Herbery, which she set up in Tenbury Wells in 1976. This is her latest topic and covers plants from a genus that contains both herbs and herbaceous perennials – anthemis, agastache, artemisia, echinacea, filipendula, monarda, sanguisorba and more. We’ll see the different species and varieties along with their connections to each other, their origins, development and popularity.
|May 13th, 2017
'The Wonderful World of Perennial Violas'
Jack runs Wildegoose Nurseries in Much Wenlock with wife Stephanie - and specialises in hardy, perennial violas. They have an expanding collection of old favourite violas and the best new introductions - more than 150 varieties in total.
|May 22nd - 27th, 2017
Worcestershire Group at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
|June 6th, 2017 at 6-30 pm
Summer Evening Party
At the home of Lyn Maile
|June 10th, 2017 2-00 - 4-00pm
Grand Summer Plant Sale
A chance to buy plants grown by members and also plants from the Chelsea display stand
Free entry and advice. Refreshments and plant supports available.
Peopleton Village Hall, WR10 2EG.
|June 25th - 29th, 2017
Devon Garden Tour
Based in Tiverton and visiting 12 gardens
|July 8th, 2017
'Chelsea - the full story in 10 minutes'
Mick Dunstan plus One Other
'Late Summer Flowers'
The A-Z effort behind our appearance at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, followed by our speaker Marina Christopher, from Phoenix Perennial Plants in Hampshire. After research in botany, marine biology and ecology, she escaped the laboratory to begin a new life as a nurserywoman in 1984, setting up Phoenix in 2002. She supplies some of the top garden designers with more unusual plants for the Chelsea Flower Show. Her topic is Late Summer Flowers, the title of her 2006 best-seller. She uses plant material for her props, not a Powerpoint slide in sight.
|July 15th - 16th, 2017 11-00am to 3-00pm
HPS Jubilee Open Garden at the home of Linda Marsh
|July 19th, 2017 10-00am to 12-00pm
Coffee Morning at the home of Kathryn Elrick Smith
|August 22nd, 2017 11-00am to 5-00pm
HPS Jubilee Open Garden at the home of Ann Sheppard and John Taylor
|September 9th, 2017
OUR ANNUAL CELEBRITY LECTURE - THREE SPEAKERS
Roy Lancaster, President of the Hardy Plant Society, Derry Watkins and Julian Sutton
Roy will speak to us on 'A Plantsman’s Life', the title of his new autobiography planned for release in April, encompassing his career from his first job with Bolton Parks Department in 1952 through to the present day. Although room for only highlights, he promises a good mix of plants, people and places - plus a few laughs. He’s joined by our morning speaker Derry Watkins, from Special Plants in Wiltshire. Her topic is 'New Plant Introductions from Around The World'. Julian Sutton, from Desirable Plants nursery in Devon, completes the line-up. His topic is 'How Flowers Came To Be' - looking at the nature of flowers, their forms, colours and even their timings, all central to our enjoyment of plants in our gardens. It will include a series of biological stories surrounding the evolution of floral diversity, even of the origin of flowers themselves, all illustrated by garden-worthy plants.
|October 14th, 2017
'Life as a Garden Magazine Editor'
Tamsin, former editor of “The English Garden” magazine, now director of Stockton Bury Gardens near Leominster, talks to us about Life as a Garden Magazine Editor - a vocation which, she admits, arose almost by accident.
|November 11th, 2017
Colour Combinations is the title of the talk from Julie, from Hoo House Nursery - perennial and alpine specialists - in Tewkesbury. Roy Lancaster wrote a piece about her nursery in the RHS magazine “The Garden” in May, 2016.
|December 9th, 2017
Christmas Lunch at 1-00pm followed by
'Plants that Changed The Course of History'
Featuring 10 of Bill’s favourites from his 2010 book, “Fifty Plants That Changed The Course of History”. They include Papaver somniferum and Cannabis sativa. Bill has contributed to Radio 4’s “Ramblings”, “The Wall Street Journal” and “Countryfile” - as well as “The Daily Telegraph”, “The Guardian” and magazines. He lives in Hereford and is a keen walker and cyclist.
|13th January, 2018
Space, an Ilusion and Other Mysteries
Paul is an award winning garden designer and plantsman
|10th February, 2018
Perennials in the Urban Landscape
Head of the Deartment of Landscape at the University of Sheffield
|10th March, 2018
Gardens of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust